Experience 'Shark Week' Aboard a Shark-Themed Cruise Ship This Summer

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When Discovery Channel's 30th annual Shark Week premieres this summer, you'll have the option to watch it from the safe, dry comfort of your living room. Or you can book a trip aboard a Shark Week cruise and view the specials in a more appropriate setting. As Thrillist reports, Princess Cruises is hosting its first-ever "Summer of Shark" with select ships featuring shark-themed decor, activities, and opportunities to view shows from this year's Shark Week.

Shark Week premieres on Discovery Channel on July 24, and Princess is hosting its Shark Week cruises starting in June. That means passengers will have the chance to see this year's new Shark Week content weeks before the rest of the world does.

When they aren't watching footage of cage dives or jumping great whites in their rooms, guests can continue the immersive Shark Week experience while exploring the ship. In the restaurants, which will be decorated to fit the theme, they can order special cocktails like the Shark Attack Margarita or Great Blue Shark. Kids will also be able to get in touch with their ferocious side: At the youth centers, they will be invited to make shark teeth jewelry and clay shark models and get their faces painted to look like the underwater predators.

From June through September, select seven-day voyages in the cruise line's eastern and western Caribbean itineraries will offer the Shark Week experience. Guests can book their trip now starting at $549. Cruises traveling from the Pacific Northwest to Alaska will also be shark-themed in mid-July, and through July and early August, Princess is hosting two-week shark cruises leaving from the UK (though these are currently booked up).

Watching Shark Week on a ship in the middle of the ocean isn't the only way to get in the mood for the event. Brush up on your Shark Week knowledge with some facts before the programming begins next month.

[h/t Thrillist]

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This Livestream of Brasov, Transylvania, Is Great for Virtual Vampire-Watching

The vampires of What We Do in the Shadows are more likely to be found in Pennsylvania than Transylvania—but you never know.
The vampires of What We Do in the Shadows are more likely to be found in Pennsylvania than Transylvania—but you never know.
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If vampires were real, they would best be viewed from a distance. That makes a livestream of Brasov, Transylvania—a.k.a. Dracula's hometown—the ideal set up for vampire-watching.

According to Thrillist, this stream from Webcam Taxi provides a 24/7 look at Brasov's Old Town neighborhood. It's worth checking out just for the scenic view: You can see famous buildings like the 17th-century Black Church, with the Carpathian Mountains hedging the scene. For viewers more interested in the region's spooky reputation, the town is also home Bran Castle—one of the inspirations for Dracula's dwelling.

While researching his Gothic vampire novel at The British Museum, author Bram Stoker was struck by the Romanian landmark. His book describes Dracula's dwelling as sitting "on the very edge of a terrible precipice"—a characteristic it shares with the real-life castle just outside Brasov. The site is a tourist destination today, hosting tours and the occasional costume party. The attraction is currently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, which makes a virtual visit to Brasov especially appealing.

The Brasov cam streams around the clock, but serious vampire-spotters should wait until after sundown to make the most of the experience. This is one of several webcams for people with high patience levels and an interest in the supernatural. After vampire-hunting from home, see if you can spot Nessie in this Loch Ness livestream.